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Event Name

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing​
For: General public, Professionals
Provided by: Mission Empowerment

Date and Time

Thu Jun 23 to Fri Jun 24, 2016 (This event is over)
9:00 - 4:00pm


1144 Ontario St, Stratford, ON

Event Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI), developed by clinical psychologists William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, is a directive, client-centered approach used to strengthen clients’ motivation for positive behaviour change by exploring and resolving feelings of ambivalence. Research has shown that the MI approach, first developed for work with problem drinkers, is effective in activating positive behaviour change for a wide range of concerns including substance abuse, mental health problems, unhealthy relationships, diabetes management, smoking cessation, weight loss, unemployment and health care improvement. This 1½ day interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of motivational interviewing. Participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building.

​Learning Objectives:

-Describe the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, including its spirit and essential strategies
-Describe the Stages of Change model and explain the relationship between motivational interventions and stages of change
-Assess clients’ readiness for change
-Implement motivational interviewing strategies to explore and resolve clients' feelings of ambivalence or resistance to change
-Identify and facilitate "change talk" in clients
-Strengthen empathic counselling skills (described by the OARS acronym)

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This event is listed under these topics

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Behaviour and Conduct Problems
Developmental, Intellectual Delay and Disabilities
Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia
Learning Disorders
Separation and Divorce
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